With mass lockdown all over the world and everybody stuck in their homes, Netflix became a best friend for many. From new series to be Netflix originals setting new streaming records every day. Similarly, Queen’s Gambit eventually came to be such a great outcome. This time not only for viewers but also for the game of Chess.
Anand, who spent three months stranded in Germany hanging tight for a trip back to India, said chess has appreciated a surprising blast during the pandemic, with millions of more individuals playing and following games on the web.
It has been helped by the runaway success of “The Queen’s Gambit”, which follows the rise of an upset chess genius – based on America’s Bobby Fischer – and has set new streaming records for Netflix.
While numerous sports have suffered during the pandemic, chess has flourished. Online stage Chess.com last month said it had added 2.5 million new members since the release of “The Queen’s Gambit”.
Anand appreciated extraordinary rivalries with the likes of Kasparov, Russian grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik and Soviet-conceived Israeli Boris Gelfand.
He said there are still muscular showdowns such as Magnus Carlsen against Fabiano Caruana – the current driving players – and tipped high school sensation Alireza Firouzja, who was brought into the world in Iran yet plays for France, for future stardom.
Anand, who turned into a grandmaster at 18 and remains on the world top 20, was playing in a chess alliance in Germany when most worldwide travels stopped in February.
He kept himself occupied with following his number one football crew Real Madrid, doing commentaries and driving India in the Online Nations Cup before at long last getting back in May.
Be that as it may, despite the advances in innovation, he said it was impossible to reproduce the tension and atmosphere of a live game.
“If you want to play, you need that sense of being sitting there in the hall feeling that tension,” he said.